EVENT REPORTS

Up to date reports of UK events from Grassroots to 4*, with photos from our talented team of photographers.

Townend back on form at Burnham Market

Aside from its seafood, coastal views and well known walks, visitors were attracted to the Norforlk area of outstanding natural beauty for a different reason this weekend. Host to the second horse trials of the season at Burnham Market, riders and spectators alike made the trip to the east of England for this last event and were not disappointed with both excellent weather and good going.   “The weekend has gone without a hitch, it was a little disappointing to be down on entries from last year but overall we were very pleased with how things ... Read More

Tapner and Bate deserved winners Gatcombe

Over an intermittently rainy weekend, Gatcombe (2) played host to a number of British and International riders. The cross country course, designed by HRH The Princess Royal and Pattie Biden, rewarded bold, attacking riding with inviting fences and a number of options. Equally inviting was the atmosphere, in part due to the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold hills and new title sponsor, Whatley Manor in Malmesbury. Following the end of the CIC** cross country and between the prize giving they provided entertainment and nibbles with a cooking demonstration.   Across all levels the course rode very straightforward, ... Read More

“Hurricane” in the Forest 2- The Organiser reports..

Organiser and course designer Douglas Weymouth reports on the recent cancellation of Hutton 2 on 10 & 11 September following days of rain and gales in Cumbria.   Cancelling events is fast becoming a specialist subject of mine but on which I would prefer not to be known.  Having just experienced yet another early September with more than two inches of rain falling within the week preceding our horse trials at Hutton in the Forest 2 I must to admit to knowing a thing or two about when it’s best to seek ... Read More

Llanymynech

Llanymynech Horse Trials, the only event in the UK that runs across two countries, was greeted with much better weather over the two days than it’s earlier June event. The venue had not seen significant rainfall since June, so the team there must be commended for the good ground they managed to provide for the strong field on 540 entries.   Rider’s at the Shropshire event leave the start box in England and head off into Wales on the cross country and will have noticed changes to the course which included the installation of a bridge leading to ... Read More

Festival of British Eventing- Gatcombe Park

The Kiwi’s put down their marker and issued a strong warning for London 2012 last weekend in the British Open Championships at the Festival of British Eventing. New Zealanders took the top four placings.  The results will undoubtedly leave the New Zealand team buoyed with confidence, and other nations looking on nervously. Pippa Funnell was crowned the new British Champion being the highest placed homegrown rider in sixth place at the Gatcombe Park event. This will be the third time Pippa has taken the title. Andrew Nicholson who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier in the week ... Read More

Skipton 2

The North is decidedly short of fixtures these days, but with most of our Southern-based competitors struggling with concrete-like ground, it's easy to see why Skipton (2)'s August event remains so popular with fantastic grass cover, great going and a cross country course that has seen massive redevelopment over the last two years.  Run over two days, the event saw some six hundred competitors over its two days from BE90 to Novice, including two BE90 regional finals and qualifiers for the Lycett's 4yo and 5yo ... Read More

Central Scotland

The weekend before the horse trials Scone Palace was host to Rewind 80’s Music Festival. This created something of a headache for the organising team of Central Scotland Horse Trials as the lower part of the park, where the lorry park, dressage and show jumping are usually held was not available to them. The organisers did a brilliant job of re-routing the cross country tracks and re-sitting the dressage and show jumping up closer to the palace. There were a few nervous moments as drivers of large HGV lorries had to negotiate the pillars at the main entrance ... Read More